Dr Ashley Hardaker

Postdoctoral Research Officer in Land Use Sustainability Metrics

Contact info

Email: ashley.hardaker@bangor.ac.uk

Office: Thoday Building, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG

Twitter: @hardaker_ashley

Overview

I am currently working at the Sir William Roberts Centre at Bangor University as Postdoctoral Research Officer in Land Use Sustainability Metrics. My current work as part of the SWRC is to build the centre’s capacity for collaborative research relating to the development and use of metrics for understanding and tackling some of the sustainability challenges surrouding productive land use systems such as farming and forestry.

Contact Info

Email: ashley.hardaker@bangor.ac.uk

Office: Thoday Building, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG

Twitter: @hardaker_ashley

Research

I am an interdisciplinary researcher interested in decision analysis in relation to land use, forestry, agroforestry and agricultural systems. I am particularly interested in research to inform decision making surrounding the adoption of agroforestry and woodland creation in upland agricultural systems and how these interventions can be designed to deliver public and private economic benefits. I engage with a range of research disciplines including ecosystem services, GIS, economics and operations research.

Grant Awards and Projects

Literature Review of Top Five Alternative Tree Species in Great Britain  

I was one of two lead authors on this project managed by the Welsh Government on behalf of the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, having co-written the tender application with the Woodknowledge Wales team of Gary Newman, Tim Peters and Dainis Dauksta and Professor John Healey (Bangor University).  The final report of this project has now been published: Peters, T.D., Hardaker, A.R., Dauksta, D., Newman, G., Lellig, C., & Healey, J.R. (2021). Top Five Alternative Conifer Tree Species in Great Britain. Cardiff: Welsh Government, Government Social Research report number C160/2020/2021, 132 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/wkw-resource/forestry/top-five-alternative-conifer-tree-species-review

 

Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 

I was the lead author with contributions from Professor John Healey (Bangor University) on this Woodknowledge Wales project producing educational materials focussing on the economic aspects of woodland creation for producing timber which has produced the following six publications:

Hardaker, A. (with contributions from Healey, J.R.) (2021). Financial evaluation of afforestation projects - basic steps. Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 1. Woodknowledge Wales in Association with Bangor University, 11 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/home-grown-homes/afforestation

Hardaker, A. (with contributions from Healey, J.R.) (2021). Evaluating the financial costs of forestry. Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 2. Woodknowledge Wales in Association with Bangor University, 9 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/home-grown-homes/afforestation

Hardaker, A. (with contributions from Healey, J.R.) (2021). Revenue from forestry enterprises. Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 3. Woodknowledge Wales in Association with Bangor University, 8 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/home-grown-homes/afforestation

Hardaker, A. (with contributions from Healey, J.R.) (2021). Accounting for time. Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 4. Woodknowledge Wales in Association with Bangor University, 8 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/home-grown-homes/afforestation

Hardaker, A. (with contributions from Healey, J.R.) (2021). Alternative tools for financial evaluation of forestry. Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 5. Woodknowledge Wales in Association with Bangor University, 9 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/home-grown-homes/afforestation

Hardaker, A. (with contributions from Healey, J.R.) (2021). Incorporating uncertainty and risk into forestry financial evaluations. Economic Aspects of Woodland Creation for Timber Production 6. Woodknowledge Wales in Association with Bangor University, 11 p. https://woodknowledge.wales/home-grown-homes/afforestation

Teaching and Supervision

I contribute to teaching on:

  • The third year undergraduate module DXX-3800 Living with our Changing Climate.
  • The MSc module DDL-4004 Agroforestry Systems and Practice

Personal

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management (Royal Agricultural University)

MSc Environmental Forestry (Bangor University)

PhD Agroforestry (Bangor University)

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